Test-5: Full Length Mock Test Paper 1 Set 3 (Examrace IAS Mains Psychology Optional-Test Series 2018)

Max Marks: 250

Total Time: 3 Hrs



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  1. There are EIGHT questions divided in two sections.

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Section -A

1. Answer the following, each in not more than 100 words:

(a) What is the role of intuition in decision making? What are its advantages and disadvantages? (10 marks)

(b) Discuss the role of motivators and hygiene factors in organizational productivity. (8 marks)

(c) How does associating positive meaning to behaviour motivate us? (8 marks)

(d) “Power works best when it is seen least.” Explain. (8 marks)

(e) Write short note on somatic theories of emotions. (8 marks)

(f) How would you define transformational and transactional leadership styles? (8 marks)

2. (a) Is psychology a science or just common sense? Are traditional scientific methods appropriate for studying human behavior? Critically evaluate. (20 marks)

(b) How is the internalization of extrinsic motivation linked to competence and sense of relatedness? Elucidate and give examples. (10 marks)

(c) Can we call humor a defensive expression? What does our appreciation of humor tell us about ourselves? Explain with the help of suitable examples. (20 marks)

3.(a) Do you believe it is possible to be creative without first learning the basic concepts in a discipline? Why or why not? (30 marks)

(b) Critically evaluate the proposition that one’s native language provides the context for learning a second language. (20 marks)

4. (a) What do you understand by Contingencies of Reinforcement? Critically evaluate the role of reinforcement on intrinsic motivation and creativity. (20 marks)

(b) Describe, how the failure of encoding and retrieval are involved in forgetting. Are co called recovered memories authentic? Give Examples in support of your answer. (30 marks)

Section -B

5. Answer the following, each in not more than 100 words:

(a) What is the role of Psychology in media studies? (10 marks)

(b) List the essential characteristics of entrepreneurs. (10 marks)

(c) What do you understand by the Topographic model of the mind? (10 marks)

(d) Can attitudes be called energy saving devices? Explain. (20 marks)

6. (a) Are the effects of media too complex to understand with scientific evaluation? Critically examine with the help of relevant examples.(30 marks)

(b) Discuss the relevance of projective tests while contrasting stand-offs between its seductive and fallacies. (20 marks)

7. (a) “When concepts are combined the concepts’ meanings systematically determine the meaning of the conjunction, but emergent interactions and real-world plausibility also shape the conjunction’s meaning.” Explain. (25 marks)

(b) “The central role of emotion in human functioning applies both to interpersonal and personal solitary behaviours.” Elaborate with the help of suitable examples. (25 marks)

8. (a) How would you describe self-persuasion as an attempt to restore consistency between conflicting cognitions? Is there any relationship between an individual’s level of self-esteem and his susceptibility to dissonance effects? Critically evaluate. (30 marks)

(b) In what sense is perception a kind of hypothesis testing? Discuss the influence of expectations in perceptual processes with suitable examples. (20 marks)